About This Translation

This translation of Galen's On Diagnosis from Dreams (De Dignotione ex Insomniis) originally formed part of a study of medical dreams in the period of the Second Sophistic, with emphasis on the dreams reported in Galen and Aelius Aristides. In translating Galen's Greek I have deliberately chosen to preserve the length and shape of Galen's sentences, as well as his combination of ordinary Greek and specialized medical terms. This decision has sometimes produced awkwardness in the English style of my translation. For a slightly different approach to translating the work, see Steven M. Oberhelman, "Galen, On Diagnosis from Dreams," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 38(1983), 36-47.

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